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My mother, the infiltrator


by Mohammad Alsaafin on April 14, 2010

My mother is an illegal infiltrator. She has infiltrated her hometown, where her parents were born and where she was raised. Her activities as an infiltrator are as varied as they are nefarious: She takes my sister to school, with the neighbor’s kids. She cooks and cleans her home. We actually purchased that home so that she would have a base to operate from once she had infiltrated. She goes to the gym (I suspect infiltrators probably do need to stay in shape). She visits her sisters; I can’t say for sure if they assist her illegal activities. I’m sure they provide moral support at least. She helps care for her brother’s young children. You see my uncle might have been an infiltrator. They kicked him out of his homeland too, said he didn’t have the right permit to live there. He actually did, but they didn’t want to renew it. He was kept away from his kids for years. Eventually, he was given permission to infiltrate again, but he died a few months later, before this ruling came into effect. So maybe he became an infiltrator posthumously. I don’t know.

I’m not sure when my mother stopped being a member of the community she grew up in, or a resident of the town where she was raised. Maybe it was when she fell in love with a dangerous inmate. It wasn’t a maximum security prison back in those days-he’d actually been allowed to leave Gaza to study. They met in university: she the future infiltrator, he the future prisoner. They were in love, with each other and with Palestine. And love is what screwed them up.

They decided to get married, and you just can’t do that if you’re a Palestinian. It’s not up to you to decide who you marry and where you live and where your kids will be raised or if you can even live together in your own country. That’s all up to the Zionists to decide. So they went ahead and decided that my dad can’t live in the West Bank, because he escaped from that coastal prison. The same rule applies to me, because I was born in Gaza. I tried telling them I didn’t want to be born there, that I’d wanted to be born in Fallujah like my grandfather, but it didn’t matter to them. We were both born in Gaza, so Zionism had bestowed upon us Gaza IDs to prove it. They are in Hebrew. I don’t read Hebrew.

So my mother went back to where she grew up with her eight siblings and countless cousins and neighbors and friends and memories and all that. She went back and tried to live her life again there in the West Bank. But history always catches up with criminals; an unseen clerk in the vast monstrosity that is the Israeli occupation authority had found her guilty of marrying the inmate a couple of decades back. Her (Hebrew) West Bank ID disappeared. She got the Gaza ID instead. And suddenly, one night as she lay asleep in her bed, she became an infiltrator in her own home, her own town, her own country.

Now she is a criminal, but it only seems fitting that a Palestinian would be a criminal for living in their own home. It happened in the lands occupied in 1948, so why shouldn’t it happen in the West Bank? I haven’t seen her for a year, because I’m not allowed in and she can’t get out. And now a mother might get torn away from her kids and sisters and nephews and nieces and sent away, or maybe even thrown in jail for seven years.

This is life under the boot of Zionist population control. Going back to live in your hometown is now infiltrating. Marrying a Palestinian with the wrong ID gives the army the right to split up your family. You don’t decide where to live, or with whom. You can’t see your spouse or your children at will. And when someone in the occupation army decides to change the rules overnight, you know another aspect of normal living will have become criminalized.

Mohammad Alsaafin was born in the Khan Younis refugee camp and grew up in the UK and the US, before going back to Palestine for college at Birzeit. This was cross-posted on Kabobfest.

April 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

To Members of US Congress


This Missive is in response of your letter, signed by 300 of you and given to Hillary Clinton, where you are expressing your support for Israel.

The concerned citizens of the free world, need an explanation for your lack of accountability,
in the issue of Israel intentions of construct 1600 units in Occupied Jerusalem. In Contravention of the Geneva Conventions Statutes that prohibit the transfer of residents to an occupied land.

The International Community and Member of Official Institutions are in completely disagreement with your position.
We do not have anything in common with Israel, they DO NOT HAVE equally laws for Jews and Arabs and Christian and they are not a democratic State, they are a Radical, Human Right Violator, They have completely violated every single International Law in every aspect.

They have ignored more that 300 United Nations Resolutions.

They have ignore the most minimum rules of engagement of war, killing indiscriminately grand numbers of Palestine residents, including children, women and elderly.

They have destroy the infrastructure of Gaza, and that of villages in West bank, with the sole intention of colonizing the land.

We have no bonds with the State of Israel others that the military and economic aid that your signatures provide every year.

We the Citizens demand that you retire your political support and stop the economical aid to Israel Immediately.

You are mocking our intellect with your infantile attitude, we are adults, so you are, you can not bend the rules of law, because Benjamin Natayahu comes to AIPAC in US, and tell a bunch of lies, and you believe the promises. Besides AIPAC should be barred from operating in United States territory, they are working in behalf of Israel, a foreign state. If they are dual citizens they should have their allegiance with United States, but they don’t, their allegiance is with Israel.

April 17, 2010 Posted by | Aipac, Hamas, Israel, Occupied Territory, Palestine, Settlers | Leave a comment